Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Liar, The Bitch, and the Wardrobe

The Liar, The Bitch and the Wardrobe 
Allie Kingsley
291 pages
Released: September 4, 2012
Publisher: Berkley
Source: publisher

You can read the Goodreads summary here.

Let me start off by saying The Liar, The Bitch and the Wardrobe is a perfect beach read.  If you live somewhere in the country where it's still warm, you're going to want to pick up this book and head out to the beach this weekend.  Sit on the sand and read this baby cover to cover - you won't regret it.*

Allie Kingsley writes an intriguing tale about Lucy, a young woman fresh out of college who wants one thing and one thing only - to be a professional (and famous!) photographer.  So at the encouragement of her dreamy guidance counselor, she heads off to Los Angeles from her small town and scores an internship with famed fashion photographer Stefano Lepres.  But when things with Stefano aren't what she anticipated, she finds herself working for a famous actress instead.  But will that make her happy or disappoint her, too?

The plot drew me in right away, though the farther and farther Lucy got into her escapades, the more agitated I got with her.  To me, she was being blind and stupid and I kept reading hoping for some sign of redemption by the end of the book.  Thankfully, Lucy usually had that little voice in the back of her head telling her right from wrong, even if she ignored it sometimes.  The Liar, The Bitch and the Wardrobe is a relatively short book at under three hundred pages so that combined with the quickly paced plot made this one a fast and enjoyable read.

What's interesting about The Liar, The Bitch and the Wardrobe is that it's been "styled" by celebrity stylist Robert Verdi, which means Verdi picked out all the clothes the characters wore.  That was one of the most enjoyable parts of the novel - reading about the fashion Lucy and her rich friends purchased and wore.  The Liar, The Bitch and the Wardrobe really is a glimpse into the lives of the rich and the famous.

Four stars!  Or maybe three and a half.  You'll love this book if you love following celebrities and their antics.  Fans of the Devil Wears Prada and the like will also really enjoy The Liar, The Bitch and the Wardrobe, which reads like a more hardcore version.  I should point out to my readers devoted to YA that this novel falls under the category "new adult" or "adult."  *There is copious drug use in the book, so keep that in mind before picking it up if you don't like reading about those situations.

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